2014 Fellow Profiles

Madelé du Plessis
Biosketch
I am a female South African; born and raised in Cape Town. I graduated at Stellenbosch University.
Professional background
After I matriculated (2006), I studied BA (Humanities) at Stellenbosch University and graduated in 2009. In 2010, I finished my Honours degree in African Languages and in 2011 I completed my Master’s degree in African Languages. While I was busy with my Honours, I taught Xhosa to the police personnel at the Stellenbosch police station. I also did a Sign Language course in Woodstock (SLED) in 2011. In 2012, I started working as a researcher at Stellenbosch University, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences. I held this position for two years where I did research regarding language courses and assessment. I am currently employed as a junior lecturer. Furthermore, I will be doing the MPhil degree in Higher Education this year. Personal information I am a quiet, but very busy person. I love my sport and my music. I am also in the prison service.

Ganiat Olutoyin Omoniyi-Esan
Biosketch
I am a female Nigerian, a holder of Bachelor of Medicine and Surgery (MBBS) from University of Ibadan and Fellowship of the National Postgraduate Medical College Nigeria in Faculty of Pathology.
Professional background
Upon completing high school I was admitted to pursue a degree in Medicine and Surgery at the College of Medicine, University of Ibadan in 1983. I graduated in 1989 after six years and had a one year period of internship at the University College Hospital Ibadan, Nigeria which is a requirement for registration with the Medical and Dental Council of Nigeria. At the end of the internship I underwent the compulsory National Youth Service and thereafter worked as Medical officer in private Health institutions. In 1996 ,I enrolled into the postgraduate residency programme of the National Postgraduate Medical College Nigeria in Faculty of Pathology at the Obafemi Awolowo University Teaching Hospital Complex(OAUTHC).I successfully completed the programme in record time in December 2000. In 2001, I was appointed as a Lecturer 1 in the Department of Morbid Anatomy and Forensic Medicine Obafemi Awolowo University and also a Consultant Pathologist at the OAUTHC. I was promoted to the position of a Senior Lecturer in the same department in 2006. I became the Head of Department between 2010 and 2012.
Personal information
I am a mother of two lovely children. My hobbies are reading and meditation.

Danelle Hess
Biosketch
I am a South African female with an honours degree in Physiotherapy obtained from the University of the Western Cape. I have recently submitted a Master’s thesis for examination with the same institution.
Professional background
After completing high school in Port Elizabeth I pursued my studies towards a degree in Physiotherapy in Cape Town and completed in 2005. Following graduation I completed one year of Community Service at the Port Elizabeth Hospital Complex. Due to Provincial bursary obligations I stayed on for another two years. I then relocated to Cape Town and worked in private practice for two years before joining the UWC Physiotherapy in 2011 to assist Visually Impaired learners. The staff at the Physiotherapy department encouraged me to study further and thus I submitted a Master’s thesis at the end of last year. I am currently an associate lecturer within the department.
Personal information
My husband, Brent, and I will be married for three years this year. I enjoy travelling and spending time with loved ones, family and friends.

Penny Keene
Professional background
I completed my MBChB at the University of Cape Town in 1982. After my internship I moved back home to Johannesburg and started specialising as a laboratory haematologist. With a few short gaps for having children, extended travel to Canada and a short period in private practice, I have held a joint post with the NHLS (National Health Laboratory Service) and University of the Witwatersrand Health Sciences Faculty since graduating as a pathologist in 1989. My interest in undergraduate medical education was born of necessity in 1997 when I was asked to coordinate the haematology course in MBBCh III. I had always been involved in the training of registrars but never thought of this as “medical education”. However when Wits changed its curriculum to an integrated, PBL program in 2003 I became more aware of educational issues and of how many different possibilities there are in educating students. I was responsible for setting up and doing much of the teaching in the haematology block and then gradually became more involved in the curriculum in general. Five years ago I was asked to help in the management of an existing course for MBBCh II, Molecular Medicine. This combined my love of science (pathology in particular) with my love of teaching – I have had to learn an enormous amount in order to revise the course content, particularly with respect to the basic science of cancer. I have also instituted changes in the actual teaching and assessment of the course. I am now a member of the committee evaluating the MBBCh degree at Wits as well as being on a number of other education- and student-orientated faculty committees. My professional focus is moving towards being a medical educator with an interest in pathology rather than being a pathologist who teaches!
Personal information
I am married to Tony, a cardiothoracic anaesthetist, and we have 3 children all in the process of becoming doctors. Claire is in her second year of internship, Abigail is in MBBCh VI and Stephen is in MBBCh III. The honest insights into the medical student experience from my children have been invaluable to my own growth as a medical educator! My interests are botanical art, gardening with indigenous plants, reading, cooking and travelling.

Jan “Kunene” Kuehne
Biosketch
I am a South African, with various pieces of paper:
1) MBCHB (UCT – 1997)
2) Mphil. Applied Ethics (Stellenbosch – 2007)
3) Masters in Family Medicine (UCT – 2012)
Professional background
I always wanted to do medicine, though I guess with every advancing year in practice, I have a better idea what it is! I have practised most of my medical career around Cape Town: Internship (Tygerberg Hospital), Community Service (Gugulethu CHC), Medical Officer (GF Jooste Hospital) and now my present station in life, a ‘senior’ Medical Officer at Site B Khayelitsha CHC with a special interest in Drug Resistant TB. Family Medicine is core to how I try relate with patients in Khayelitsha. I have a great interest in teaching and fortunate to be part of the UCT Ambulatory Medicine 4th Year MBCHB module run at Site B Khayelitsha, focusing on teaching Antiretrovirals and TB.
Personal information
I have travelled around all the Southern Africa medical schools for the CMF (Christian Medical Fellowship) student ministry from 2002-2006, which has given me a invaluable scope of all the medical schools in the region.

Candice Lombardo
Biosketch
I am a South African female and hold a Bachelor of Science degree in Dietetics and a Masters in Public Health both obtained at the University of the Western Cape (UWC).
Professional background
I completed my BSc degree in 2002 after which I worked for the department of health as a clinical dietician. I am registered with the Health Professions council of South Africa and I am a member of the Association of Dietetics South Africa (ADSA) and a council member of the Nutrition Society of South Africa (NSSA). In 2005 I started working at UWC on a parttime contract basis supervising interns in the hospital setting. By 2007 I was on a fixed contract, lecturing 3rd year students and in 2008 I registered for my Masters degree. It was during this time that I realized my love and passion for teaching and after attending a Teaching and learning induction course, decided that this was the area I wanted pursue.
Personal information
I am married to a wonderful, supportive husband and while we do not have any kids we have one very spoiled furbaby.

Vincent Mubangizi
Biosketch
I am a male Ugandan, a holder of MB ChB (MUST) 1996, Post Graduate Diploma in Public Health and Tropical Medicine (Humboldt University) 2002, M.Med Community Practice (Family Medicine) (MUST) 2003 and Masters in Public Health (Makerere University) 2012.
Professional background
Upon graduating from Mbarara University of Science and Technology (MUST), I did one year internship at Mbale hospital. At the end of internship, I was posted to Kambuga hospital, Kanungu district as a medical officer. Soon after completing my master’s degree in Community Practice, I was promoted to the position of a Principal Medical Officer and Acting Medical Superintendent Kambuga Hospital. From April 2006 up to June 2007, I was appointed a Deputy District Health Officer, Kanungu District. I was responsible for training of staff and quality assurance through support supervision of service providers at all levels and Quality Improvement Program in the district. In July 2007 I left Kanungu district and worked at Itojo hospital, Ntungamo district as a Principal Medical Officer and Medical Superintendent till June 2008 .This was a top management position in the hospital. I did an interview and was promoted to a District Health Officer, Kamwenge district in July 2008. I stayed in this position till October 2011. From November 2011 to date I am Head Department of Family Medicine and Community Practice, MUST. I am also local coordinator for HURAPRIM (Human resources for primary health care in Africa), an international collaborative research project at MUST.
Personal information
I am married to Grace. We have five children including a set of twins. I am engaged in tree planting on a commercial basis. As a family, we do poultry farming.

Michael Mwandri
Biosketch
I am a Tanzanian, living and working in Botswana as a Lecturer at the School of Medicine, and as a consultant surgeon to the University affiliated Hospital (Princes Marina Hospital).
Professional background
I undertook both my bachelor and Master degrees in Tanzania. I was admitted to Medical degree programme at the University of Dar es Salaam in 1997 and graduated as a medical doctor in 2002. This was followed by a one year internship at the Muhimbili National Hospital. Following my internship, I worked as a research assistant, a medical officer in refugee camps (Kigoma, Tanzania) and later as a medical officer in the district hospital. In 2006 I enrolled for residency in surgery in one of the leading tertiary hospitals in the country, ‘the Kilimanjaro Christian Medical centre’ (under Tumaini University), I graduated after four years with a Master of medicine in surgery. Since my graduation as general surgeon, I have worked in the National referral Hospital, Municipal Hospital and partly teach at the University in Tanzania. In 2012, I joined the University of Botswana as a Lecturer where I am still working. I have published 3 articles in peer reviewed journals, and I have several articles ‘in publication’. In 2013 I acquired a small grant for hospital based study which is still going on.
Personal information
I am married to Abela whom we have three daughters (Aika, Clare & Furaha). I enjoy travelling, reading and sports.

Deshini Naidoo
Biosketch
I am a South African female who is an occupational therapist with an interest in public health.
Professional background
I completed my bachelor degree in occupational therapy in 1998. I graduated after four years and thereafter commenced working in a community assessment and treatment centre in a low income area. I had worked in a variety of jobs from private practice to psychiatric occupational therapy when I decided to work overseas. I was the lead occupational therapists in a rehabilitation unit in Waikato District health system in Hamilton New Zealand. On returning to South Africa I worked in a private Physical Rehabilitation Centre for seven years and then became the Therapy Co-ordinator for the 50 bed unit. I applied for a job at the University of KwaZulu natal and was delighted when I got the appointment in 2011. I was promoted to the position of a lecturer in the same department in 2013 after the successful completion of my Master’s degree in Occupational Therapy. I have tried to make the transition between the clinical and educational field through attending courses in education such as the universities education induction programme and conducting research in the education field.
Personal information
I love the sea, nature and food. My hobbies include walking, reading, eating out at new restaurants, movies and when I have the energy hiking.

Thierry Ngoyi
Biosketch
I`m Thierry Ngoyi, a male, Congolese (DRC) citizen, 42 years old. Holder of a medical doctor degree from University of Kinshasa in Congo DRC and a Masters degree in family medicine from university of Pretoria.
Professional background
After completion of my medical doctor`s degree, I started working as medical officer in both private and public sectors in Kinshasa DRC and decided to migrate a year later in South Africa. After successfully completing all foreign qualified exams with the health professions council of South Africa, I went to work as senior medical officer at Middelburg provincial hospital in Mpumalanga for 3 years, while I was admitted to pursue a Masters degree in family medicine at University of Pretoria. I than went to work as principal medical officer at Tayler bequest hospital in matatiele in the Eastern Cape for 3 years and left to work as clinical manager at St Andrews hospital in Kwazulu natal, and at completion of my Masters Degree, I did apply for a Consultant Family Physician post at Tembisa hospital – Johannesburg where I`m currently based since 2012 and same time applied for a teaching position at university of Pretoria where I `m currently working as senior lecturer in family medicine in Joint appointment with Gauteng department of health.
Personal information
I`m married since 2003 to a wonderful woman whose name is Micky and we have been blessed with 3 kids (Benedicte, Alan and Laetitia). I like teaching and spending time with students, my other hobbies are: sport (athletics), travelling.

Emily Nyaga
Biosketch
I am a Kenyan female, holder of Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing and Master of Science degree in Nursing (Paediatric option) from University of Nairobi.
Professional background
I completed high school in 1997 then joined University of Nairobi in 1999 to pursue a degree in Nursing. I graduated after four years and joined Nyeri Provincial Hospital for one year internship which is a requirement for registration with Nursing Council of Kenya. Upon completion of internship I was a nurse tutor at Consolata Nursing School in Nyeri County until October 2006 when I left to pursue Master degree in Nursing for two years. I graduated in 2008, worked at The Nairobi Hospital (Cecily McDonnell School of Nursing) briefly before joining Kenya Methodist University (KeMU) as an assistant lecturer. At the end of my three year contract at KeMU I got an opportunity in a public University and joined Moi University. I am a member of Board of Examiners at the Nursing Council, reviewer at Institutional Research Ethics Committee (IREC) and an Instructor for ETAT PLUS training.
Personal information
I am the fourth born in a family of four sisters and three brothers. My hobbies are listening to music and game drive. My favorite meal is ugali and chicken.

Lucille Pienaar
My name is Lunelle Pienaar. I am a physiotherapist currently working in the Faculty of Health Sciences, Education Development Unit, University of Cape Town. I joined the Education Development Unit at the end of 2011 and my responsibilities include teaching on non-accredited short courses for health sciences staff of our Faculty. Previously I worked as a clinical educator in physiotherapy at UCT supervising students in clinical practice from 2nd to 4th year. I was schooled, lived and worked most of my life in Cape Town, South Africa. I have one daughter and 2 dogs.

Grace Phalwane
I am married to Peter with two kids, Realeboga (girl) in school grade 9 and Rorisang (boy) who has just completed his matric. I live in Pretoria (Gauteng Province) and work at MEDUNSA as a community dentist and lecturer. I like teaching and motivating. I started school in 1974 at North West region at the age of 8 and matriculated in 1985 under extreme poverty. I applied to UCT then which offered me a space to study Pharmacy. I did not have money to travel to Cape Town, let alone R250 registration fee. Medunsa also accepted me for a BDS degree which for the same reasons I could not pursue. In 1989 I started training as a nurse at the then Baragwanath Hospital and Nursing College. My reason for pursuing this one was that they offered a stipend and so I could send my mother some money each month whilst studying. I finished at record time in 1992 which my mother did not celebrate with me because she died in June of the same year of uncontrolled Diabetes Mellitus and was buried on my birthday the 8th of June. I worked but my thirst for dentistry was not quenched. Seeing that I could not do dentistry, I enrolled for a BDT degree. I could only enrol for BDS after 20 years of waiting. Thank God I did it! I finished it in 2008 at record time and started working as a community servant in 2009. When I finished, I applied for a lecturer post at MEDUNSA. In 2010 I started with my lecturing and further community service till date. I enrolled for a PGDiploma in Community Dentistry in 2011 and a PGDiploma in Health Professional Education in 2012. I am humbled and feel privileged to be a Safri fellow in 2014. Thanks to the Almighty God for this opportunity.

Else Reeber
After lecturing Biochemistry for nine years at UP and a fast paced research year at the Max Plank Institut für Biophysikalische Chemie in Göttingen (Germany), my research career came to a halt when I married a Lutheran Missionary. We were sent to a small village Pitsedisulejang (English: the horses how have they died?) on the border of Botswana with no electricity or running water. I wrote my M. Sc. on the purification and antimitotic effect of Phomopsin A with paraffin light by hand. While the children were small I obtained a HED with Physical Science and Physiology as teaching subjects. When my husband passes away in 2001, I found a parttime lecturing position in the Pharmaceutical Science Department at TUT to teach mainly Chemistry and Pharmaceutical Calculations by a PBL method. My three children Anja Boitumelo (Actuarial Analyst), Birgit Relebogile (Process Engineer) and Christoph Tsholofelo (fourth year Mechanical Engineering Student at UP) are now independent and I am very thankful that at the age of 61 years I have an opportunity to do research again. I enjoy analytical work, different languages, meeting people from different cultures, reading, music, traveling and walking in nature.

Mirriam Shawa
Profile
Mirriam Shawa is a Zambian working in Lesotho at Paray School of Nursing and holds the position of Deputy Principal Nurse Educator. She is a mother of two sons, Edward and Japhet. She loves travelling, cooking, watching television and game viewing.
Professional background
She graduated as a registered nurse from Ndola School of Nursing in Zambia in 1988 and worked at Chainama Hills Hospital for six years. In 1994 she pursued Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing at the University of Zambia and graduated in 1998. Upon graduation she was engaged as a lecturer at Chainama Hills Hospital College of Health Sciences where she worked until 2000. In the same year she got a job as a nurse educator at Paray School of Nursing in Lesotho where she has worked to-date. In 2008 she undertook a Postgraduate Diploma in HIV/AIDS Management in the World of Work at the University of Limpopo in South Africa. The following year she was offered a place to pursue a Master of Public Health programme at the same institution and graduated in 2012. While at the University of Limpopo she was privileged to participate in a three months student exchange programme at the University of Eastern Finland in 2011.

Heather Talberg
A Physiotherapist by training, I am currently employed as a Senior Clinical Educator in the Department of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences, Division of Physiotherapy at the University of Cape Town. I completed my degree in Physiotherapy at the University of Cape Town graduating in 1992. I spent the next 4 years working in various state general hospitals around Cape Town. After a year in the United Kingdom I returned to Cape Town and was employed in private practice. Here I was able to consolidate my interest in Orthopaedics and Musculoskeletal therapy through relevant work in both in and out patient settings. I completed a post graduate diploma in Orthopaedic Manipulative Therapy in 1997, and worked as an teaching assistant on their annual courses for a few years. In 2000/ 2001 I became involved with the UCT Physiotherapy Division as a part time clinical educator, supervising students at various clinical sites. This part time work extended into lecturing commitments for courses in orthopaedics and musculoskeletal topics and later into the development of the clinical programme and curriculum. In 2008, I took on a fulltime clinical educators post and was promoted to Senior Clinical Educator in 2012. My current clinical teaching role primarily involves the teaching and supervision of students in community settings, although I still maintain contact and supervision in acute orthopaedics. In 2005 I stared to consolidate my interest in the theory of education through modules in Teaching and Learning with CHED. This ultimately led to my registration for a Masters in Higher Education Studies in 2010. I graduated with this degree in June 2012. I am married for the last 19 years to Lance, and we have 2 children aged 12 and 7.